My son has an obsession. Or perhaps more accurately described as a passion - for all things inanimate. Despite the droves of garage sale toys Grandma and Grandpa keep dishing out at every turn, or the blocks and books he also has a fondness for - inanimate objects win every time.
I suppose I could chalk this up to just another example of how I am constantly reminded that, despite having two older children, every child is unique in their own way. Each bundle of joy brings with them a unique set of preferences for things we as adults take for granted.
Previously with J and E, I had the joys of experiences not limited to: the love of painting on ones wall with poop daily; the joys of rock collections and how they must be washed individually in the sink; or, and this is possibly my fondest memory: the joys of secretly collecting used chewing gum from the sidewalk on the way to the park.....
In retrospect, P's love of inanimate objects is generallyharmless and just requires a little navigation when it comes to bedtime nursing. It has also lead me to create what I have termed the inanimate object series. Below are just a couple of what is beginning to be a large collection of P's favourite things.
not accompanied by the flu
(the water bottle)
(the big boy car seat cup holder)
Previously this affinity was a before bedtime exploration. More recently P has started insisting his objects accompany him to bed.
Occasionally, the objects become more ambitious than their predecessors:
I like to consider myself a parent who likes to encourage my children's interests (as long as they are not harmful), so as awkward as these objects can sometimes be to nurse with - we make it work.
Want to keep updated on the current inanimate object of the week? Stay tuned for updates in the inanimate object series.